Melding Spirits Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love coming of age novels--especially those with a hints of secrets and mystery.  This morning, I am sharing my review of Melding Spirits, a novel from author Michael E. Burge.  What did I think of Melding Spirits?  Check out my thoughts, learn about the author & be sure to enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Melding Spirits by Michael E. Burge
Category: Adult Fiction, 371 pages
Genre: Literary fiction, Mystery, Coming of age

About the Book

Twelve-year-old Evan Mason’s life has been turned upside down by the sudden death of his father. His mother isn’t home much, the insurance office during the day, waiting tables at night. Evan is spending a great deal of time alone.

Now he finds himself on a Greyhound bus headed for a small town on the Wabash River where he’ll spend the summer of 1958 with his loving grandmother.

Evan soon meets his new neighbor, Katie Dobbins. She’s a feisty blue-eyed girl with a ponytail, the type of girl Buddy Holly might sing about on American Bandstand. Evan is instantly enamored with her.

It seems the perfect summer is underway—but strange things are happening in the woods surrounding the Ghost Hill Indian Mound.

There’s a dark cloud lingering over the Wabash Valley—It won’t be long before it erupts into a raging storm.

My Review

Melding Spirits connects wonderful characters with a wonderful storyteller.  Readers will immediately fall into the author's writing style from the first few pages.  He does a wonderful job creating a well-done, coming of age storyline loaded with a sense of mystery, suspense, & romance.  The story and the characters will draw you in and hold you until the very last page.

Melding Spirits combines darkness, light--and life.  The author serves up a coming-of-age look at life in this novel.  Readers will experience the ups and downs of learning and growing while experiencing a combination of teen innocence and a look at the depravity of the grown up world.  There are some references made that are rather crude and dark--but, not out of character for the novel's plot and certainly not done simply for shock value. 

Would I recommend Melding Spirits by Michael E. Burge?  I think this book appeals to a variety of readers.  The characters are complex and real, the setting takes readers back in time and the storyline creates a well written coming of age story in a small town.  The mystery of the novel builds well and keeps readers guessing--and the romance element is evenly presented without taking over the story.  I loved the characters and, although the ending was satisfying, I was sad to leave them at the end of the story.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and I would recommend this book to fans of mystery/suspense novels with a coming of age theme.

To read more reviews, please visit Micheal E. Burge's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author

Michael E. Burge grew up in the Chicago suburbs and a small town on the Wabash River in Southern Illinois.

In the late sixties, he left college to serve on a U.S. Navy destroyer out of Norfolk, Virginia. Upon leaving the service, he transitioned to a career in the burgeoning computer industry, positions in product management and marketing.

He is now pursuing his lifelong interest in writing, publishing his debut novel, Bryant’s Gap, in 2015 and his second, Melding Spirits, in 2017.

Michael also plays piano, paints, and is an avid golfer. He and his family currently live in Illinois.

Connect with the Author: Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. I like the bridge on the cover of the book. It looks very peaceful. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  2. The book sounds mysterious. I love the cover!



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